Two elderly men rescued from capsized boat

Boat capsizes

One man pulled aboard sailboat

second rescued by firefighters

May 08, 2010|By Justin Fenton | Baltimore Sun reporter

Two elderly men were rushed to local hospitals after their motorboat capsized Saturday afternoon in the Patapsco River southeast of Fort McHenry, fire officials said.

Baltimore Fire Department Capt. Roman Clark said the men, ages 83 and 72, were travelling in a motorboat in the Ferry Bar channel about 12:10 p.m. when they were thrown into the water. Clark said a sailboat that was coming toward them was able to pull one of the men out of the water, but the other could not get on board.

A Fire Department boat responded and was able to pull the second man aboard, Clark said. They were taken to Fort McHenry and transported to a local hospital, where their conditions were not immediately known.

Clark said high winds may have played a factor in the capsizing. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory Saturday morning calling for winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

Clark said the U.S. Coast Guard was responding to assist in retrieving the motorboat, which was submerged.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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